Photography Workshop

Wednesday, October 23

DSC_8763Coe Camera – where I purchased my camera – called me a few weeks ago, saying that they were having a workshop on my camera (Nikon D7000) and asked if I was interested.

I was – and invited our daughter Deb (light sweater) to go along, because she has the same camera.

DSC_8765The event was held at The Press Room restaurant in downtown Lancaster, and was so worth the cost of $20.00 per person.

DSC_8768We were given many good hints and taught some great techniques which were easy to follow because of his well-done PowerPoint presentation.

DSC_8783The instructor was quite knowledgeable and professional.

DSC_8770There were probably between 40 and 50 people, and some asked very hi-tech questions, making us think they were professional photographers.

DSC_8776He taught some things that were way beyond anything I needed to know, but it was interesting to understand more about my camera.



DSC_8785The cost of the evening included heavy hors d’oeuvres and drink. “Heavy” meant there was plenty of food – cheese, crackers, fruit, and pizza.

DSC_8797My water and coke.






DSC_8812Deb and I had an incredibly good time and wished there was another class the next night. 🙂

Great-Nieces’ Birthday Party

We were pleased to be invited to Peyton and Bailey’s birthday party.

Sunday, October 20

DSC_8710Peyton is four.

DSC_8713Bailey is two.

DSC_8716Since their birthdays are close together, their parents often celebrate with one party.




DSC_8723Their mama – Crystal – read the cards to her.

DSC_8724Their daddy – Jakey – read Bailey’s card to her.

DSC_8727Crystal is the daughter of Cerwin’s brother, Elvin, and his wife Pat.






DSC_8744  It was a wonderful afternoon – which included lunch and delicious birthday cake.

Thanks Jakey and Crystal for inviting us.

Our Pretty Trees


By Joyce Kilmer 1886–1918

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

DSC_8679A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

DSC_8684A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

DSC_8686A tree that may in Summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

DSC_8693Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

DSC_8705Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.


‘Twas a Delightful Day To Be On Planet Earth

Wednesday, October 16

You should have seen me taking these morning dew pictures.

1 (4)My sister-in-law (who was driving by) asked me a few days later what I was taking a picture of – because I was laying in the grass in my house coat. 🙂

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2 (1)When I came upstairs (from my basement office) for lunch, I noticed these young people gathering trash along our road and in the field.

2 (2)  I expect they were children from Lititz Area Mennonite School, because they do this along our road every fall.

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3By suppertime there was activity in the neighbor’s field – across the road from our house.



10-16 Evening Sky (1)Later in the evening the sky forewarned us that it was almost sunset.

10-16 Evening Sky (2)It was indeed a delightful day to be on planet earth.

Birthday Supper at The Brick House

Tuesday, October 15

This is one of Jeff’s favorite restaurants, so I was not surprised when he chose this location for his birthday supper.


DSC_8616It was a beautiful evening, so I was pleased to get a picture of Jeff and Chris in front of their ’46 Chevy.

DSC_8620They enjoy taking it out on special occasions.






DSC_8637   I loved my coffee cup!

DSC_8639Then, after taking a picture of my cup, I noticed that everyone else got interesting coffee cups too.

DSC_8640Doesn’t that look cold and refreshing?

DSC_8643Our delicious meals.




DSC_8649This restaurant is known for their delicious cupcakes. This one is chocolate with peanut butter icing.

DSC_8651Mine was pumpkin with cream cheese icing.

I ate is slowly – savoring each moist, delicious bite.

We had a great evening catching up on each others lives.